http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef0154328f0476970c-pihttp://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef0154328f0476970c-pi The Wildland Fire Operations Advisory Committee met in Quincy on May 19th. Most of the morning was spent updating the committee on the status of projects outlined in the three-year work plan for the Division. NFPA staff has made significant progress in key areas including the selection of a contractor to conduct a comprehensive review of the availability and effectiveness of regulations related to wild fires, the hiring of six part-time Firewise Field Advisors to help increase the number of communities, and the creation of a long-term communications plan to guide outreach efforts. Staff also reported on the status of other projects such as the Backyards and Beyond Conference and the updated Firewise website (to be launched in early summer).
Afternoon discussion focused on two components of the work plan and the committee provided staff with more details on their thoughts for implementation. Those areas are the need for better data collection, analysis, and reporting related to losses incurred during wild fire events, and the need for a clearinghouse for information related to pre-fire mitigation strategies. Staff will continue to refine those ideas and create specific goals and tasks around each one.
All in all it was a very productive day for the committee members and our staff. Thanks to everyone who attended!